There are approximately 40% of children who suffer from otitis media (OM; ear infection) before they reach five-years-old. Acute ear infections are associated with several symptoms like fever, headache, irritability, and listlessness which may lead to hearing impairments or other complications. In the United States, the most common treatment for ear infections in children is side effect ridden antibiotic prescriptions.
"After the first visit, a 4 year old boy with chronic ear infections, responded well and the mother reported symptom relief lasting over a day. She also noted that he complained of pain and fluid coming out of his ears, but she did not see anything after looking in his ear.
She also noticed his nose was running after his initial adjustment. In addition, the patient’s mother reported that he was sleeping better and in a better mood after his adjustments. After his first two visits, the patient’s mother said that he stopped tugging on his ears and his nose stopped running.
By the third visit, his mother had cancelled the surgery that had been scheduled. After the patient’s twelve weeks of care a re-evaluation was done and his parents decided to continue care once or twice a month as needed. After ten months his parents decided to continue regular wellness visits for chiropractic care (Ferranti, Melissa, Alcantara, Joel, & Brinkley, Cheney. “Chronic Otitis Media, Failed Tympanostomy Tube Surgery & Resolution Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxation.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health. 2016.1 (2016): 5-8.)."
Resources: ICPA Research of Otitis Media